Disney ship triggers phased cruise return

Disney ship triggers phased cruise return


Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan among officials welcoming the Disney Magic on Monday (photo from social media)

(CNS): Premier Wayne Panton has said the return of cruise ships reflects the “balanced and pragmatic approach” the government has taken to the phased tourism reopening plan and a “conservative reintroduction” of ships.

While just 2,500 passengers arrived Monday on the Disney Magic, on 6 April as many as 11,500 passengers will call on George Town in three ships, at a time when many beach spots that once catered to cruise visitors have closed and before all operators are back in business.

Speaking at the press briefing on Friday, the premier said he was expecting a “good start” for this significant milestone and that “everybody is going to have a good time”. He said the return of cruise ships represented a real change and would allow people to resume making a living.

But two years after the last cruise ship was turned away and the borders…